I interviewed a 5th grade student who I've had little interaction with named, Lucas. I introduced myself and began our interview.
CP: Tell me the last time you were curious about something.
L: Yesterday. I asked my dad why is it cold when you up in the atmosphere when I know hot air rises.
CP: What were you doing when you thought about this?
L: We were on a walk outside.
CP: What did your dad say? Did he know the answer?
L: He said he didn't know and that is was a good question. He told me to look it up.
CP: Did you?
L: no I forgot.
CP: What do you do when you're curious about something?
L: I think about it on my own, then if I can't figure it out I ask somebody or look it up (google it)
CP: What does STEM mean to you?
L: science basically like all kids of science: computer science and physics. (Later he wanted to add that it included research time to explore whatever you wanted)
CP: How do you think we should study STEM?
L: hands on projects. doing something that teaches you something you can use in the real world
CP: What's something you'd like to learn?
L: coding and biology
CP: what about coding?
L: like computers and electronics are cool. Like you can talk into a microphone and someone on the other side of the world can hear what you say as you are saying it.
CP: What questions would you like to answer?
L: How the processor in a computer works or how sharks work
CP: Is there time in school to answer these questions?
L: no I do it at my house
CP: should there be time in school?
L: yeah, like 20 minutes at the end of each day. I mean like I don't really care how magnets work. I'd rather look up stuff I was interested in.